UFZ floodplain biodiversity dataset

This dataset consists of long-term abundance data of three taxonomic groups: plants, molluscs (snails) and carabid beetles. Main goal of the data is to identify relationships between biodiversity and environmental variability, extreme events, and restoration means in floodplains. Sampling started in 1998 and is still ongoing, except for ground beetles. There was no sampling in 2000 & 2001. The data were collected in different times on five study sites along the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve (Saxony-Anhalt) on a total of 96 plots based on a stratified random design. Due to the homogeneity of the habitat type, data could possibly be pooled to get time-series of a region instead of sampling plots. On each plot, ground beetles were collected by pitfall traps and vegetation recored in 100m*m levees. Molluscs were samples with a "Stechrahmen". All data are abundances of species: number of individuals (animals) or cover (plants). Plant data are fully available during the whole study time, but mollusc and carabid data are not fully determined yet.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Geographic coverage
Geographic description Biosphere Reserve Middle Elbe. Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Bounding coordinates
North: 52.8131
West: 12.0367
East: 12.3667
South: 51.8578
Temporal coverage
Timestep April 1, 1998
Taxonomic coverage
Class Gastropoda
Family Carabidae
Realm Plants
Other info
Last Updated February 10, 2021, 14:21 (UTC)
Created February 10, 2021, 14:21 (UTC)

Responsible parties

Name Klaus Henle
Organization affiliations
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ


Name Klaus Henle
Organization affiliations
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Associated party
Name Klaus Henle

Associated party
Name BFG Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde

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